Salon not allowed to sign new lease

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Sisters Stacey Berhrman and Terresa White will see their dream of owning a salon end after only six months.

It's not because business is bad, but because the property owner is forcing them out.

"From the time we started school, we just thought it would be cool to have a shop of our own," Behrman said of her and sister's salon. "When it happened, it was like a dream come true and to have to close up shop is really discouraging. If the business was struggling it would be one thing. "

Behrman and White attended and graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community Coll--ege. While going to school, the sisters leased a space at 6 W. Victory Way and signed a one-year lease in September with the previous owner. White said they only signed a one-year lease because they were unsure on how their business, Six West Salon, would perform. After their short time in business, the sisters said they were surprised at the success they have had.

"We've had really solid clientele so far," White said.

White estimated they spent more than $5,000 on renovations.

"When we were going to school, we spent weekends and nights fixing (the salon) up," she said.

After an unexpected sale of the building, Behrman and White said they tried to re-up their lease but the new owner, Ron Schaeffer, was not interested.

When contacted, Schaeffer had no comment about the situation.

The sisters said they received complaints from one business owner about the salon odors coming from their shop. They spent more than $800 on ionizers and air purifiers to neutralize the odors.

Both sisters said they don't have the money to lease and fix up another shop and admit they are "gun shy" about another place because of what they have been through.

Chris Anthony, who owns Instant Replay Sports in the same building, said she thinks Schaeffer wants to move in more office-oriented businesses and corporations.

Anthony, whose business is leaving the space voluntarily, said Schaeffer has the right to do what he wants.

"If (Schaeffer) wants to turn it into an office building that's OK," she said. "He owns it."

Behrman and White said they plan on closing the shop in late July.

Luke Graham can be reached at 824-7031 or lgraham@craigdailypress.com.

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